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Postdoc in Computer Vision for Urology and GI

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, United States
Employer Description

This position sits within the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center and involves collaboration with research groups at Stanford and Harvard Universities.

The mission of the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center (VBC) is to establish a trans-institutional initiative in biophotonics research, technology development and education at Vanderbilt University. The center spans across multiple schools (EngineeringMedicine and Arts & Science) and interfaces with existing centers and institutes (VICCVINSEVUIISVBIVIIBREViSE) while being anchored in Engineering. The center is focused on targeted educational programs for medical residents, fellows as well as graduate and undergraduate students and provides opportunities for learning for high schools students interested in this area. 

Job Description

The Bowden Laboratory for Biomedical Optics (https://lab.vanderbilt.edu/bowdenlab), as part of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center, develops optical imaging and sensing technologies for clinical and basic science applications, with additional interest in the development of low-cost and portable technologies for low-resource environments. We seek a new postdoc with expertise in programming and computer vision and an interest in biomedical applications to join our lab for an exciting project to poised to make a major impact in the medical fields of urology and gastroenterology.

The proposed project builds on previous work from our lab based on the following publications:

  • Lurie, K. L., Angst, R., Zlatev, D.V., Liao, J.C. and A.K. Ellerbee Bowden, “3D reconstruction of cystoscopy videos for comprehensive bladder records,” Biomed. Opt. Exp. 8(4), 2106-2123, (2017).
  • Lurie, K.L., Angst, R., Seibel, E.J., Liao, J.C. and Ellerbee Bowden, A.K., “Registration of free-hand OCT daughter endoscopy to 3D organ reconstruction,” Biomed. Opt. Exp. 7(12), 4995-5009, (2016).

The successful candidate will have strong programming skills and be creative, independent and highly motivated and independent. Expertise in machine learning is an additional plus. Positions are available immediately; the anticipated project duration is two years. Salary depends on level of experience.

Job Requirements


  • A Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Biomedical Engineering or a similar discipline.
  • Travel as necessary to work with ongoing collaborators at Stanford and Harvard.
  • Advanced programming skills in Python and C++ required. Experience with Matlab, LabView and/or Visual C++ (or similar languages) are extremely helpful. Must demonstrate evidence of ability to learn new skills independently.
  • Willing to mentor students in the lab; conduct research activities in a timely manner; research and apply new knowledge of advanced computer vision algorithms; assist with experimental design and workflow; perform, troubleshoot, analyze and publish studies; and contribute to securing new sources of funding.
  • Excellent English speaking and writing skills and be willing to work cooperatively in teams.
  • Experience and interest in the design, construction and operation of working, optical systems preferred.
11 March 2019
10 April 2019
Biomedical, Medical Imaging, Health Care (Biophotonics)